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Samsung Launches 3D Movement Recognition Phone

samzenpus posted more than 9 years ago | from the shake-that-phone dept.

Handhelds 154

Shuttertalk reports that Samsung have launched the world's first phone equipped with a continuous 3D movement sensor. Movement sensors in mobile phones to date have been limited to slope calculations and applied to some games and bio-related features. The potential is there to do away with the need for complex keypads on mobile phones, MP3 players, digital cameras and other handheld products. Many functions will be controlled by movement instead of buttons.

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FP? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11346853)

FP

Re:FP? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11347115)


I hope it uses Windows XP Home Edition.

It is the most powerful operating-system for Pee Cees. It looks not as gay as Mac OS X by Steve B10 Jobs and has 1,0000,0000 times more softwares that the Linus-operating-system.

Plus, it comes with every Pee Cee for free. People who have grown acusstomt to paying RatHat 699 $$$ or more can hardly beleive this when I consult them with my proffesional Internet- and Network-Service-Center-Bureau.

Wehn I have a new customer, I take him to the back-room to show him the "alternative" to XP Home, which is Suse Linux 9.0.
I have set-up an old Pentium 133Hz and a small monochrome monitor to show teh customer what Linux looks and feels like.

I have it set-up so it runs a fullscreen-Flash-splash-screen on the KDE3.3beta-desktop. It takes 13 min until the mouse cursor responds.

The customer will them make a sound like: "BAH!"

Then I tell them: "See, this is how it is if we let the communists make software."
Then we have a good laugh, wich is psycologicallish valuable for the customer-relatively.

I always tell them:
"Windows XP Home Edition is all you can do to embiggen the producationality of your human resourcers and empower to leverage the outcome-bottomlime of your stickholder ... plus even more!"

My customers usually are like: "OMG!"

You should really try it one day; it has a very nice light-reddish color theme to hit your tastes.

Thank you!

first! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11346856)

haha i did it again

Re:first! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11346866)

haha you didn't ;)

Re:first! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11346963)

haha I think he did. :->

Wifi (1)

shimen (796858) | more than 9 years ago | (#11346857)

i am waiting till the release a wifi phone.

Re:Wifi (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11347196)

the new nokia communicator (9500) has wifi

I can see that already (5, Funny)

evilmeow (839786) | more than 9 years ago | (#11346873)

*ring ring* Hello! Chen calling. I speak James please! No James here man... Oh! Is this left left right down left right up? What the...

Re:I can see that already (3, Funny)

cerberusss (660701) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347103)

*up*
*down*
*up*
*down*
*up*
*down*
(Calling my girlfriend)
*up*
*down*
*up*
*down*

Re:I can see that already (1)

Edie O'Teditor (805662) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347491)

I am intrigued by this "girlfriend" concept, please tell me more.

Re:I can see that already (1)

theLastPossibleName (701919) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347483)

At first I thought you chose the old konami code (Up-Up-Down-Down-Left-Right-Left-Right, B, A, SELECT, Start)

I was picturing the old school rotary phone motions.

*spin the phone to the 8*
*spin the phone back to the original angle*
*spin the phone to the 4*
*spin the phone back to the original angle*
*spin the phone to the 5*
*spin the phone back to the original angle*
...

Damn I feel old. Let me go watch Three's Company wearing my miami vice shirt and cavaricci jeans while sipping some Quik (not NesQuik).

Re:I can see that already (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11347549)

I call dibs on Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right!

Oh my oh my..... (1)

Unsichtbarer_Mensch (710092) | more than 9 years ago | (#11346874)

I can already envisage PocketPc enabled mobile phones being desperately shaken,swirled and juggled in all imaginable directions until their user realises that the O.S has just...frozen :S

Sorry I poked your eye out.... (2, Funny)

spectrokid (660550) | more than 9 years ago | (#11346878)

I was just trying to phone my girlfriend...

Re:Sorry I poked your eye out.... (1)

Omicron32 (646469) | more than 9 years ago | (#11346906)

Well, phoning your girlfriend is hardly gonna be a problem if you post on /.

Re:Sorry I poked your eye out.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11346915)

My Phone is

3333 3333333
3///33/33////33
/ /3/33 /33
333 /33 /33 /// 3/33 /33
3 /3/33 33
/ 3333 /3333333 //// ///////

What?! a girlfriend?!

Re:Sorry I poked your eye out.... (1)

flumps (240328) | more than 9 years ago | (#11346925)

.. I tried her phone number but couldn't get through.. it was up, down, up, down, up, down, up, down, in, out, in, out wasn't it?

;P

Now we only have to wait till... (1)

The_Hun (693418) | more than 9 years ago | (#11346880)

most cellphones become pen-sized. Because most people were taught to write with a pen.

Re:Now we only have to wait till... (1)

lisaparratt (752068) | more than 9 years ago | (#11346916)

I'd actively dislike that, but then I actively dislike writing with a pen - it's uncomfortable, and in this day and age, unnatural.

Re:Now we only have to wait till... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11346940)

Yeah well most people seem to know how to push a button too, but when it comes to pushing a button on an unfamiliar computer system people seem to go into a hissy fit.

I mean what's so different about a button on QT or GTK or Windows, a button is a button is a button.

Blending in (0)

R0UTE (807673) | more than 9 years ago | (#11346883)

Yet another move forward in the ubuiquity of computing, not long before we don't even know we are using computing technology and everything is done automatically for us, scary or a move forward ?

No tactile feedback (4, Interesting)

Dancin_Santa (265275) | more than 9 years ago | (#11346884)

Without tactile feedback, waving fingers in the air and making funny gestures to do things is a waste of time and customers will hate it.

You can use your optical mouse without it touching the tabletop too, but it isn't at all a reasonable way to operate it.

Re:No tactile feedback (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11346955)

Yeah, this sounds like it will be completely crappy. Way to fail again Samsung. I have yet to purchase a product from Samsung that does anything other than suck. I swear to god this idea better not catch on, because I like my keypad just fine. I don't want to have to waste 10 minutes futully shaking my phone around when I could have spent less than 10 seconds pressing a few buttons.

Re:No tactile feedback (2, Interesting)

sir_mud_the_hairless (847595) | more than 9 years ago | (#11346958)

Reading this, I am reminded of the controls to the spaceship Heart of Gold from HHG2G. Mr Adams, you truly were a visionary.

agreed (2, Insightful)

RMH101 (636144) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347031)

speaking as someone who had a mercury-tilt-switch joystick for their zx spectrum in the 80's, movement with zero feedback is the Worst Thing Ever.

i like the idea of a pen phone where you dial a number by writing it down though - good for SMS messages, too...

Re:agreed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11347238)

Actually, with a pocket pc phone (basically a PDA with built in mic, speaker and GSM/GPRS unit) you can use an on-screen qwerty keyboard and several types of handwriting/block letter recognition.

I've installed a T9 enable numeric softwarekeyboard instead.

Re:agreed (1)

DrSkwid (118965) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347664)


I went to the trouble to learn Graffiti (tm I presume) for my PalmPilot, such that I would even write it on paper if I made notes for myself (nerd!!)

It was still quicker to pop up the virtual qwerty and tap in the chars with that.

Not exactly (2, Insightful)

beelsebob (529313) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347075)

I can use my stylus on my graphics tablet without touching it (and in fact have to), and it comes quite naturally because I'm used to hovering a pen above a page. This is simply a case of what you're used to, you're not used to hovering a big heavy optical mouse over the desk, and you're not used to waving your hands arround to make phone calls.

Re:Not exactly (2, Insightful)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347737)

This is simply a case of what you're used to, you're not used to hovering a big heavy optical mouse over the desk, and you're not used to waving your hands arround to make phone calls.
Maybe I'm not used to hovering a mouse 6 inches above the desk because it's a totally pointless thing to do. What would you use the third dimension for? What's the benefit of the additional effort compared to letting it sit on a surface? And if depth/height does something other than being a pointless gimmick, what about when you want to put it down to maybe take a sip of tea or - shock - use the keyboard?

I'm not used to driving a car with a command line either. Thankfully.

So maybe we're not used to waving our arms around to make phonecalls because that's a stupid way to do it.

Sigh: Gesture recognition redux (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347613)

Well, I suppose it's a new take on it - instead of waving your hands around in front of the the thing, you wave the thing around. But it's still a solution in search of a problem, and even if it finds a problem (oooh, I don't like using the keypad) there are probably better solutions.

Tech Support Calls? (3, Funny)

Aurix (610383) | more than 9 years ago | (#11346886)

But what happens when you're in the middle of a tech support call and you slap your hand on your head....? Does the phone know to hang up at this point?

Re:Tech Support Calls? (1)

camcloud1 (758094) | more than 9 years ago | (#11346998)

Or will picking your nose remove the battery?

Re:Tech Support Calls? (2, Funny)

myom (642275) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347002)

Mercifully, yes.

This brings old memories from the time when I was something of a mix between consultant and support technician. I got the worst of both worlds, but learned a few tricks how to end calls after some odd noises had occured. I came up with so many tricks and used them so frequently so I kept track of which idiot had been hung up using which method. (Ok, so customer_0643 I've already hung up using the "bringing a HDD demagnetizer close to the cell phone"-method, so I guess I just do the "gradually cover the phone mic with thumb, then turn off the phone" method)

I don't get this... (4, Insightful)

johnlcallaway (165670) | more than 9 years ago | (#11346889)

Let's see ... I can program my phone to only need two keystrokes to get to functions I use the most often, there are nine available but I only have three programmed because that's all I use. All of my most often called numbers are voice enabled, and I don't have to open the phone to take calls on my blue-tooth handset. This new phone lets me can draw numbers in space, althought I cannot imagine that is easier or faster than using the keys. And I can draw 'Y' or 'N' instead of pressing soft keys.

From what I can tell, the only purpose of this is for games. And we all know how successful they have been combining phones with game systems.

Move on ... nothing to see here....unless you are a gadget freak and want to buy something that will no longer be offered in 6 months due to a lack of interest.

Re:I don't get this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11347011)

and there is one failing point. they mention a magnetic sensor to serve as a compass.

most people are not smart enough to use a compass. it is more dicfficult than most realize as you have to be aware how the heading and sensors react due to external magnetic and metallic influences..

they really need to leave the compass feature off the unit.

Re:I don't get this... (1)

Threni (635302) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347704)

> I can program my phone to only need two keystrokes to get to functions I use
> the most often

That's handy...if you have fingers.

> All of my most often called numbers are voice enabled

Handy if your voice works.

> And I can draw 'Y' or 'N' instead of pressing soft keys.

Handy if you can draw shapes.

> From what I can tell, the only purpose of this is for games
> Move on ... nothing to see here.

Unless you're disabled and would like to use computer equipment by yourself.

Games? (1)

anum (799950) | more than 9 years ago | (#11346894)

I don't know how well it works for navigating setting and such but I see interesting options for game play. I was hoping to see this sort of tech in Nintendo's DS or the Sony PSP.
Remember all that time we spent as kids playing with plastic boxes and moving BBs aound the maze? I spent hours doing that! Bring this to my phone/handheld, please! I need another way to waste time!

Re:Games? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11346964)

It's in the PSP for driving games, but like all technologies like it it is terrible. There is no resistance, no feedback, and you are dealing with responses inside the object you are moving. So it isn't like playing with BBs inside the maze, it's like putting that maze in an additional plastic box and then moving it by remote controll from the next room.

Re:Games? (1)

Oxygen99 (634999) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347116)

Isn't that kinda similar to what the EyeToy for the PS2 does already?

Re:Games? (1)

anum (799950) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347203)

First, it sounds like this tech may not quite be ready for prime time gaming.
Second, I have never used the EyeToy but what I'm looking for is something portable. I want to be able to pull out my [device] and, using only one hand (see, nothing up my sleeve!), play the equivilent of Marble blaster. Nothing fancy or overly complicated. I don't want to play Quake 3, just little things to pass the time at the bus stop or on the train. The frustrations from having the train stop or start would just be part of the fun.
I suspect that a new breed of game would spring up to take advantage of the ability. It sounds like we will need to watch the PSP and see what develops.

Re:Games? (1)

bandgap (36365) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347173)

Look at http://www.hackcell.com/ [hackcell.com] for a way to add an accelerometer to an xbox or gamecube pad.

Re:Games? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11347256)

Dance Dance Revolution could work fine with needing only sound. It could be used as an aerobics instructor, spinning, jogging etc.

Imagine seeing a guy with hands-free just going crazy with this on the sidewalk. You thought it was creepy when people just talk into thin air, wait util you see the DDR zombies bouncing around with the voice of Tyler Durden from Fight Club shouting in their ears to "Dance mother----er!" :)

Re:Games? (2, Informative)

miyako (632510) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347604)

There was a game for gameboy color IIRC called "Kirby Tilt 'n Tumble" which used this technology, been out for several years, kind of an interesting game, mostly just for the "gee-wiz" factor though.

The problem is... (3, Insightful)

AciDLnx (541241) | more than 9 years ago | (#11346895)

The article says that the "new technology" uses an accelerometer, yet states: "This technology will do away with the need for complex keypads on mobile phones".

Clearly, they are jumping the gun. What about people on bumpy trains, busses, etc? Granted, it might be an easier means of input for people walking or standing, but for people in cars, trains, etc, etc, It won't work, and clearly won't "do away with" a standard "complex" input keypad.

Though, it is kind of cool to see components like accelerometers finding their way into everything. With modern mobile phones, maybe they'll be programmable for use as a bluetooth wireless "air mouse"? One would only hope the spec would be at least open to mainstream programmers.

Gyromouse (2, Interesting)

thrill12 (711899) | more than 9 years ago | (#11346896)

It's the same thing as the Gyromouse [gyration.com] .

I saw the Philips version of this gyromouse once for the cheap price of 15 dollars and didn't even consider it.
Who wants to keep his hand in the air all the time, apart from the presentation every now and then ?
Every heard of RSI ?

The only nice thing I can think for it is some throwing game (darts :) where you can throw the phone to simulate a dart....
Probably not a very good idea :)

Re:Gyromouse (1)

dr_strangeloveIII (703893) | more than 9 years ago | (#11346943)

With one very important difference, on a phone the display is not separate from the input device so not only do you have no tactile feedback as previously mentioned but no (or at least no constantly visible) visual feedback. There may be ways to utilise this but not as a replacement keypad.

Re:Gyromouse (1)

adlaiff6 (810221) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347015)

I have one of those mice, and it's not bad, for presentation type stuff. Also, it does have an optic sensor, so you can still use it like a regular mouse.

Personally, my family uses it for Media Center because I was too lazy to buy a splitter and extra receiver and run them upstairs to the TVs.

Re:Gyromouse (1)

kjamez (10960) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347800)

from your link: dual purpose: desktop/in-air use.

what part of that led you to believe you would have to hold your arm in the air indefinately?

i kind of like them, use it with my laptop. optical, and a great help when you have limited desk space (cafe, airport terminals, etc) ... i loathe the 'touchpad' my viao came with.

Hard to use (2, Insightful)

lachlan76 (770870) | more than 9 years ago | (#11346904)

Wouldn't this kind of thing be extemely hard to use?

Imagine having to write an SMS by hand in the air, there would be a much greater strain on your muscles, it can't be done in a small space, and it is SLOW.

I mean does anyone here like the idea of going back to writing communications by hand? Or for that matter, shaking the input device to do something that can be done by moving your thumb 3cm?

Firefox (1)

dooby_Monster (817224) | more than 9 years ago | (#11346913)

Much like the add-on available for Firefox i guess. Making mouse gesures, although this brought it's own querky problems so that was another add-on to get removed. I suppose it may be handy for one or two funtions used most frequently.

Re:Firefox (1)

Taladar (717494) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347304)

Try the ones in Opera, they are properly implemented and used frequently by many users.

Great, away from hands-free (1)

192939495969798999 (58312) | more than 9 years ago | (#11346942)

Now you have to move the phone and hold the steering wheel still... great job, guys! I'd hope for better voice controls, like 'dial 8-6-7-5-3-0-9" type stuff.

Re:Great, away from hands-free (1)

CableModemSniper (556285) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347023)

I'd hope for better voice controls, like 'dial 8-6-7-5-3-0-9" type stuff.

They have that. It works fine.

Wrong number.. (2, Funny)

flumps (240328) | more than 9 years ago | (#11346945)

Man its bad enough that my phone randomly phones people in my pocket when I sit down, let alone when I'm walking along the road..

My phone's autolock doesn't always work so I don't really want to phone australia by mistake cause I just ran up a flight of stairs!

Re:Wrong number.. (1)

Fire Dragon (146616) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347059)

let alone when I'm walking along the road..


Or this could be very usefull. You walk with the phone on the street and the phone sees a hot chick. It could automaticly call to info to ask her number and autodial her for a date.

Menu navigation? (1)

cyberfelon2k5 (849302) | more than 9 years ago | (#11346954)

I can picture this being used for a horizontal menu where movement of the phone exactly matches the movement of the menu. You could even have vertical submenus. But the main problem with this is that it really doesn't innovate in the way they seem to think it does. It's a neat trick, but I don't see it having any major effect on how we interact with our phones and other devices. It could be useful for gaming, but even then the feature is ultimately just a fairly limited gimmick.

Re:Menu navigation? (1)

cL0h (624108) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347714)

Or an extrapolation of this I saw on MobileBurn [mobileburn.com] where tilting the phone causes the phone to scroll as if you were looking at a mirror. The movements involved are slight and as intuitive as using a hand held mirror . Excellent for reading lengthy text messages.

Oh dear, could be expensive (2, Funny)

zenst (558964) | more than 9 years ago | (#11346956)

Phone: "I noticed your hand waving up and down, would you like me to conect you to a sex-chat hotline"
User: Puts his meat away, and turns phone recognition off.

Is it just me... (2, Insightful)

Apatharch (796324) | more than 9 years ago | (#11346959)

...or would shaking the phone about to control games make it a tad difficult to follow what's happening on the screen?

I don't think it's that dumb (4, Insightful)

TheStick (847894) | more than 9 years ago | (#11346966)

Two words: handicapped people. Some people can't type on those classic keypads. Now they can make simple hand gestures to call somebody. For the rest of us, it's just another phone with totally useless features.

Re:I don't think it's that dumb (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11347179)

First off there are technologies to help those people. Second off there is no possible situation where an interface like this would help handicapped people. Think about it, if you can move your hands you can dial a phone, even if just by jamming your fingers or a rod into the buttons (there is actually a tool called a "wand" for people with poor/no finger motor contoll to use keyboards and phones). Unless someone maybe didn't have hands and wanted to dial by grasping the phone in their mouth and thrashing furiously, but I have a feeling that anybody using a phone who was handicapped in such a way would use already available VOICE RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY!

Why did this dipshit get a 3 for insightful!?

Re:I don't think it's that dumb (2)

arr28 (739468) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347180)

Two words: handicapped people.
You always know a technology is doomed to failure when somebody suggests that their latest gimmik "could be useful for handicapped people". Really it's just another way of saying "really neat but no use to anybody at all".

On the other hand, those who start out by actually talking to handicapped people and finding out what it is that would make their life easier - they're the ones who come up with the useful inventions for handicapped people. Sadly, their produce tend not to get much press coverage.

Some potential problems (3, Interesting)

Illserve (56215) | more than 9 years ago | (#11346972)

To date, movement sensors in mobile phones have been limited to slope calculations and applied to some games and bio-related features. However, the SCH-S310 can recognize continuous movement in 3-dimensional space.

Two technical problems with this that I see.

Accelerometers have accumulation errors that always render them inaccurate. For true accuracy you need an external point of reference.

Consider, your phone senses that it accerates 5 m/s/s for 2 seconds, it can compute its current velocity no problem.

Now in stopping it, sensor error causes it to think it's accerlated -4.9999 m/s/s for 2 seconds. It's stopped, but it thinks it has a nonzero velocity. Not a big deal yet, but over time these errors accumulate, and after a day or two your phone thinks it's cruising along at 500mph. Perhaps a constant decay term on the stored velocity can force the system to tend to zero over the long term.

But a second and bigger issue is that of frame of reference. For many of the applications described here, I don't care how fast my phone is moving with respect to the earth, I care how fast it is moving with respect to me. So if I get in a car in stop and go traffic, how does the phone discriminate that motion from motion I do with my hands? Or what if I'm just walking along trying to edit my phone book with gesture motions and someone steps in front of me and I stop short? bye bye Cindy, guess we won't be going out tonight after all.

Maybe very clever software design can mitigate this problem of discriminating intended from unintended motion, but it's a difficult problem.

Re:Some potential problems (2, Insightful)

sam0737 (648914) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347077)

May be you need to hold a button before you wave? Just like talking on walki-talki?

Re:Some potential problems (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11347170)

GPS

See the big picture (3, Funny)

DingerX (847589) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347190)

You have a celphone with a Digital Camera, GPS, a 3D motion sensor, Bluetooth, a two-way radio, and a processor to handle all this plus some dumb games. That's just some shielding and fancy coding away from a guidance system, with optical target recognition, GPS, a backup Inertial Navigation System for areas where GPS is not available, celestial navigation system (just roll the camera over), and short- and medium- range radios. Put two on a drone and you'll get basic flight instruments as well. Now UAVs, Cruise Missiles, and Drug-smuggling drones are in the hands of anyone with a Verizon subscription!

Re:Some potential problems (1)

neverutterwhen (813161) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347252)

You could jjust make it so that you had to hold down a small button or toggle a switch to activate or reset the detection system

But yeah it does seem to be a bit of a crap idea.

False dialing too a whole new level (1)

zenst (558964) | more than 9 years ago | (#11346974)

Given that we all know loads of people who have dialled numbers due to leaving the keyguard off in the pockets, or even recieved call. Imagine what this gem would do if left activated in your pocket 8/ Still as long as it terminates silly support calls when you throw it at a wall I dont mind.

Ringtones are only the beginning (1)

DingerX (847589) | more than 9 years ago | (#11346976)

But will it be intuitive enough to know when to play Barry White and when instead to cue the Pet Shop Boys?

Use-case scenarios! (3, Funny)

Dougie Cool (848942) | more than 9 years ago | (#11346985)

1.
User: Hey, look at this!
* User turns around to show friend
User: Bugger. Just a sec.

2.
Executive 1: What if the user is trying to walk and use the phone at the same time? It is, after all, a mobile phone.
Executive 2: Oh yeah, you're right, it's a load of crap isn't it?

Of course, you can't expect the executives to think of problems with their ideas, because that would imply that they were fallible.

shaking the phone to use the camera (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11346995)

and what about using the camera? How the h*** can you make a picture if you have to move the phone up/down to take it?

From the Guide... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11347000)

A loud clatter of gunk music flooded through the Heart of Gold cabin as Zaphod searched the sub-etha radio wavebands for news of himself. The machine was rather difficult to operate. For years radios had been operated by means of pressing buttons and turning dials; then as the technology became more sophisticated the controls were made touch-sensitive - you merely had to brush the panels with your fingers; now all you had to do was wave your hand in the general direction of the components and hope. It saved a lot of muscular expenditure of course, but meant that you had to sit infuriatingly still if you wanted to keep listening to the same programme.

Quantum Leap (1)

hazee (728152) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347001)

Remember the TV series Quantum Leap, where Al used to shake the controller for the mainframe (Ziggy?) around? Looks like they were ahead of the times.

Better start keeping a look out for people around you suddenly behaving weirdly for a day or so...

Those poor joggers... (1)

MrRTFM (740877) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347049)

... just imagine the crazy shit they will be hearing on their morning run.

Error... (1)

Hinhule (811436) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347060)

People already shake things when there is something wrong with them. I wonder what this phone will do when it becomes victim of someones urge to "shake-it-and-it-might-work" reflex.

I guess some jokester software engineer will make it call tech support...

Only if (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11347079)

I'll consider buying one of these only if they license sidetalkin' technology from Nokia. How can I be hip if I can't wave my phone around frantically and then hold it like a taco?

Re:Only if (1)

mikael (484) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347109)

How can I be hip if I can't wave my phone around frantically and then hold it like a taco?

You'll just have to buy one of those novelty telephone that's shaped like a banana or a fizzy drinks can.

Or you could always just hold one hand to your ear, wave the other hand around and speak to yourself. Given the compact size of mobile phones these days, nobody will know that you're not actually talking to another person.

Would it be asclever as... (1)

jamiguet (232071) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347112)

effectively switching the phone off when you throw it agains a wall. Or will it just phone the emergency company therapist.

Playing games... (1)

Thorwak (836943) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347123)

Games will be played by moving the phone up, down, right or left, instead of pressing buttons.

Sounds great, but how can you focus on the screen at the same time? :-P

Could be fun to play Marble Madness this way though.

Re:Playing games... (1)

Dougie Cool (848942) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347216)

The company I work for have developed a game called Mozzies for the Siemens SX1, which has zero or fewer redeeming features other than this game. It uses the phone camera to track movement and you're aiming at the centre of the screen. You just have to shoot mosquitoes. It's actually quite easy to focus on the screen.

Many functions will be (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11347125)

Many functions will be controlled by movement instead of buttons.

That should read, Many functions could be controlled by movement instead of buttons.

Just because something can be done, does not mean that it will be. Also, if this does eventuate, it does not mean that the public will demand it.

Look at the Nokia ngage. Nobody wants it.

i call the contra code! (1)

knowles420 (589383) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347146)

if anyone needs to reach me, my new number is:

up, up, down, down, left, right,left, right, b, a, start.

Watchout (1)

motionb (826642) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347175)

You take your phone on a roller coaster, and it will dial everyone in your address book

Good idea? (1)

EvilStein (414640) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347210)

I dunno about that...my phone would be seeing my middle finger an awful lot..

And how does it know that it's YOUR finger? What happens if you have your phone out and someone starts pointing at it excitedly. Your phone could go bonkers and call random numbers in Moscow!

Ob meme (1)

plover (150551) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347308)

In Soviet Russia, phone gives YOU the finger!

Re:Ob meme (1)

EvilStein (414640) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347497)

heh, the first time that damn Soviet Russia joke has made me laugh. Good one. ;)

Software to adjust hardware possible? (2, Interesting)

XoloX (816533) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347211)

I have absolutely no experience with accelerometers, so here goes my n00b question for today:

Would it be possible for the phone's software to adjust the sensitivity of the hardware? Or just interpret it different? As in, would it be possible that, when first used, the telephone would ask you how much 'strength' or acceleration is needed for the activation of this feature? Doesn't seem to difficult to me, and would solve some of the more obvious problems, IMHO.

Not that I would have ANY use for this.

PS. I have the feeling this kind of interface to a telephone could cause a lot of mis-communication between people ;D

- XoloX

Re:Software to adjust hardware possible? (1)

Vegeta99 (219501) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347285)

I can see it now... Kid grabs daddy's phone, turns the sensitivity all the way down, and the only way he can answer it is to throw it against a wall

*WHAM!!11!!* "Hello?"

Oh. Yay. (1)

Niet3sche (534663) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347217)

This is mouse-gestures where the "cursor" path is comprised of your finger/hand through the air in front of the phone. Maybe I'm jaded, but this doesn't seem all that great. Or new. Or innovative.

It seems to me that it's just an edge-detection algorithm hooked up to a CCD, driving a back-end gesture engine.

Map scrolling (2, Insightful)

c3p0 (659286) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347226)

Samsung is ahead of their competitors in many areas. Although this may not be a huge selling point at the moment, in the future it might. Their edge will be that they will have experince of producing phones with this tech when their competitor won't.

One application I immediatly think of is navigation of maps. Just move the screen over your virtual map instead of slowly scrolling around with softbuttons, or whatever conventional method there might be on your current phone.

Looking like you're a crazy mofo... (1)

PornMaster (749461) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347276)

It's bad enough that you can't tell a crazy person from someone on the phone these days, with the bluetooth in-ear headpieces... now they'll be talking loudly to themselves and making wild hand gestures.

Consider the public health implications!

Call Trees (1)

jetsfandb (446202) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347316)

"For customer support, nod your head. For sales, wiggle your index finger. To speak to a customer service representive, blink 3 times in quick succession. For quality purposes all conversations and gestures may be recorded."

Aqua Teen Hunger Force (1)

nickyj (142376) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347488)

"Just use the mind link function, think of the music and it will pick up your vibe."
- Romulox

Somatic components... (2, Insightful)

DMUTPeregrine (612791) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347506)

So now all those somatic components I memorised in spells will have a use.

Forget to siwtch it off? (1)

clickety6 (141178) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347574)

Put it in your pocket before you go jogging but forget to switch it off?

By the time you come back you've dialed 5 people in Australia, sent 9 obscene SMSs to every person in your address book, lost 17 games of Tetris and taken 92 full colour pictures of your pocket fluff - all while playing your complete Britney Spears MP3 collection. And the battery's gone flat.

Cool!

Not the first! (1)

KontinMonet (737319) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347667)

This is not the first motion controlled phone: MyDevice [geek.com] came out 18 months ago.

What possibilties are there? (1)

v0idnull (707821) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347729)

What if you're upset while text messaging. Can you just shake the phone violently and it'll know you meant to say "FUCK YOU ASSHOLE NOOB MOTHERFUCKER, I HATE YOU". Kinda like how software that converts pictures to music will take a picture of porn and crank out 70ies funk.

"Cell phones"??? (2, Funny)

greypilgrim (799369) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347761)

What are these "Cell phones" you speak of? No seriously...I think all cell phones are the most useless invention ever invented, come on, we read /. , who would ever want to speak to us? I get maybe 1 phone call a month on my real phone, and that's usually a telemarketer. Definitely nothing to see here..

Ah, the next user interface in its infancy (1)

VernonNemitz (581327) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347786)

Sign Language! Better start studying/practicing!

karma.. (2, Funny)

digital.prion (808852) | more than 9 years ago | (#11347808)

Now, even the retarded kids will have someone to clown!

sincerely,
[Zorro]
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